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Prepared by W. G. Stanard. 

(Note to 507 Continued) 

* Issue of Francis* Poythress, born 1668, and , his wife: 

Son Robert,* born 1690; married , had: 

Peter, 5 born 1715; married , had: 

Peter, 6 born 1732; married , had issue nine daughters, who mar- 
ried as follows: Bland Baird Cocke, Goode, Harrison, Lee, Morrison, 
Epes, Rubsamen, and one son: 

Peter, 7 married Elizabeth Bland, daughter of Richard Bland, of " Jor- 
don's Point." 

Issue of Peter, 7 and Elizabeth (Bland) Poythress: 

1. Agnes, 8 married Roger Atkinson; 2. Mary, 8 married John Batte; 
3. Lucy, 8 married John Epes; 4. Susannah, 8 married Richard Bland; 5. 
Sarah, 8 married first, Richard Lee; second, Willoughby Newton; 6. 
Elizabeth, 8 married William Mayo; 7. Jane, 8 married Joseph Mayo; 8. 

Anne, 8 married John Randolph; 9. William, 8 married first, Boiling; 

second, Mrs. Marable, and had issue: 

Elizabeth, 9 who married Richard Marks. 

(508) Francis Osborne, 1,300 acres on Appomattox river, "bound- 
ing north on the river," west upon the land of Mr. William Farrar, and 
east on Charles Citty [1] now in the tenure of Captain Francis Epes. 
Due in right of his late father Jenkin Osborne, who transported twenty- 
six persons (names below). Granted by Harvey, July 14, 1637. 

Mary Welch, William Burch, Thomas Alson, John Congley, Thomas 
Bateman, Thomas Tyler, George Purser, Thomas May, Richard Gaily, 
Samuel Rumsby, Richard Aboge, Thomas Batye, William Waller, John 
Yeo, Joane Walters, John Tinwell, William Wright, Symon Trencher, 
William Lighthollier, Henry Ward, Thomas Lewis, William Austin, two 
negroes, one negro more, Jon. Chanell. 


[1] Charles City was on the site of the present City Point, in Prince 
George county. Most of the land around it is owned by the family of 
the late Dr. Richard Eppes. This land has descended in the family 

* Miss Laura Russell, of Petersburg, great-granddaughter of Mary8 Poythress, says 
this is a copy of what her aunt told her. 


from the first proprietor, Captain Francis Epes, or Eppes, making an 
ownership of two hundred and sixty-two years, the oldest in Virginia, 
and probably the oldest in the United States. 

(509) Thomas Causey [i], 500 acres in the county of Charles City, 
300 of which begins at the mouth of the Appomattox, at the south side, 
bounded west upon a great creek, and east upon a small creek called 
Causey's Field Creek; and the other 200 beginning at the said Causey's 
Field Creek, and adjoining the land of Captain Francis Epes, and bound- 
ing west upon the said creek. Due for the transportation of ten persons 
(names below). Granted by Harvey, July 14, 1637. 

William Maurice, Jon. Chambers, Daniel Field, Richard Boddicoutt, 
Jon. Craft, Robert King, Jon. Barber, Jon. Bridgers, Jon. Hodges, Law- 
rence Farburne. 


[t] The land here granted was afterwards known as "Cawsons," and 
was a seat of the Blands. It is evident, from the grant that Charles City 
(or City Point) was not considered the mouth of the Appomattox, but 
that this was a short distance higher up where the river narrowed. 

(510) Richard Ward, too acres inVarina, in the county of Henrico; 
bounded South West by Two Mile Creek, and on the South by the land 
now in the possession of John Barker, and extending East, North East 
to the Four Mile Creek. Due: 50 acres for his own personal adventure 
and 50 by purchase from Bartholomew Farthing, and due Farthing for 
the transportation of a servant called Sarah Breman. Granted by Har- 
vey July 14, 1637. 

(511) Alice Edloe, 100 acres in the county of Henrico, two and a 
half miles above Harroe Attucks, towards the falls, on the same side 
with Harroe Attucks, in a swamp between the land of William Coxe [ 1 ] 
and the land already granted to the said Alice Edjoe, containing 350 
acres. Due for the transpostation of two persons, John Williams and 
William Attaway. Granted by Harvey July 14, 1637. 

[i] For a long time— into the present century, a family of Cox owned 
farms called " Arrowhattucks," on the north side of the River just above 
Dutch Gap, and " Newstead," on the same side, a short distance higher 

(512) Captain Henry Browne, [i] Esq., of the Counsel of State; 
2,250 acres in the county of James City, on the south side of James river, 
beginning at the half way tree. Due viz: 2,000 acres granted him by 


order of Court December u, 1634, upon the terms and conditions therein 
expressed; and 250 acres by purchase from Captain William Perry and 
Captain Thomas Osborne, overseers of the will of John Smith, who by 
said will, directed them to sell said land. Granted by Harvey July 14, 


Head rights: Captain Henry Browne, Lance Bristoe, William Packett, 
Nico. [?J Nutt, Samuel Flood, Richard Edwards, Robert Jones, Samuel 
Burfoote, John Retsham, Mingo a negro, Samuel Swann, William Bill- 
brough, Richard Powell, Stephen Browne, Ralph Wood, Alice Mills, 
David Warner, France a negro, Jon. a negro, two women negroes. These 
being transported at the charge of Captain Browne. 

Mr. Thos. Hinton [2], Mrs. Ann Browne, Mr. Andrew Noyce, John 
Morecock, George Jordan, Amey Humphrey, William Berry, Haulford 
Stubbs (these in right of his wife); Richard Christmas, William Bow, 
Richard Makester, Henry Hart, William Westwood. 


[1] This grant was " Four Mile Tree," long the well known seat of 
the family of Browne in Surry county. A lengthy note on this family, 
derived from the records of Surry was published in this Magazine III, 
148-153. Some additional notes from records in regard to this family 
will be printed in a future number. They are not now accessible. 

[2] Neill, in Virginia Vetusta, was mistaken in thinking that Sir 
Thomas H inton was a member of the Virginia Council. Thomas Hinton, 
Esq., (as he is always described in the records) was a member in 1634-35, 
and was dismissed by Governor Harvey. 

(513) Lieutenant Richard Popeley [i], 700 acres in the Lower 
County of New Norfolk, on the Cheseapean shore, within the territory 
of Lynhaven, abutting northerly on the land of William Layton, and 
westerly on the river. Due in right of his marriage with Elizabeth, 
relict of Henry Sothell, and due said Sothell for the transportation of 
fourteen persons (names below). Granted by Harvey July 14, 1637. 

Elias Light, Richard Light, William Layton, George Lentall, Willis 
Basnett, Jason Right, John Eves, Sarah Polmer, John Duncombe, Row- 
land Buckley, Thomas Heath, Ralph Simpkins, Hanna Waddington, 
Eliz. Alcutt. 


[1] Richard Popely came to Virginia in the ship Bona Nova, 1620, 
and in January, 1624, was living at Elizabeth City. He was then aged 
twenty-six years. 

(5t4) William Mills, 350 acres in the county of James City, on the 
south side of the river, bounded on the north by Smith's Fort. Due for 


the transportation of seven persons (names below). Granted by Harvey 
July 19, 1637. 

William Burges, William Godfrey, William Holliday, John Garrett, 
Robert Bateman, John Grange, Nicholas Aldey. 

(515) John Graves [i], 600 acres in the county of Elizabeth City, 
near the upper end of Back River, and adjoining the land of Captain 
Adam Thoroughgood, and extending on the eastward to the now dwell- 
ing house of Oliver Vankerke. Due by descent from his father, Thomas 
Graves, who transported Katherine Graves his wife, John Graves the 
patentee, Thomas Graves, Jr., and eight persons: Henry Singleton, 
Thomas Edge, Robert Phillips, Thomas Griggs, Thomas Phillips, Fran- 
cis White, William Synbee, James Packett. Granted by Harvey August 
9. 1637- 


[1] Probably John Graves was son of Captain Thomas Graves, who 
was a Burgess in 1619, and 1632. See this Magazine II, 70. 

(516) Henry Poole, Gent. [1] 150 acres in the Lower County of 
New Norfolk, in the Territorie of Lynhaven, adjoining the land lately 
belonging to Henry Burthurne, now in the possession of Lt. Richard 
Popely. Due: 50 acres for his own personal adventure, and 100 acres 
for the transportation of two persons, Joseph Smith and James Cooke. 
Granted by Harvey, August 9th, 1637. 


[1] Henry Poole was a member of the House of Burgesses for Eliza- 
beth City county in 1647. See grant to Robert Poole and note, this 
Magazine, I, 440. 

(517) Leonard Yeo [i]. 850 acres in the county of Elizabeth City, 
upon the head of a branch of the old Poquoson Creek, bounded on the 
south by the lands of George Hulland and John Laydon, north by the 
New Poquson, and west by the ridge of land. Due for the transporta- 
tion of sixteen persons (names below). Granted by Harvey, August 9, 

Leonard Yeo, Richard Godley, John Moyes, Thomas Chapman, John 
Cole, Nathaniell Martin, Owen Noes and two negroes, Walter Bayne, 
Rolland Garrett, Nicholas Crouch, Thomas Lovell, John Spurway, 
Richard Stephens, John Oldis, John Cooper. [2] 

[1] Leonard Yeo settled in Elizabeth City county, and was long a man 
of prominence there. In 1639, he was one of the viewers of tobacco 
appointed throughout the Colony. At the session of February, 1644-5, 
as " Capt. Yeo," he was a member of the House of Burgesses for Eliz- 


abeth City county, and was again a member at sessions of September, 
1663, and June and October, 1666. 

In 1666 he was commander in chief of Elizabeth City county (Robin- 
son's Notes), and in the next year held the same command while the 
hostile Dutch fleet was in Hampton Roads. He died in or before June, 
1670, as there was at that time a suit in the General Court against Charles 
Moryson, who married the executrix of Colonel Yeo, deceased. This 
was Captain Charles Moryson, afterwards commander of Elizabeth City. 
After Moryson's death, his widow Rebecca, who had been the widow 
of Colonel Yeo, married Colonel John Lear, of the Virginia Council. 
The will of George Yeo, of Elizabeth City (probably a descendant 
of Colonel Leonard Yeo), was dated March 15, 1742, and proved April 
20, 1743. He gives to his cousin George Arnold, merchant in London, 
certain tenements in the Burrow of Hatherly, commonly called by the 
name of Wadlands, and Finch Parks, gives him also the plate he 
brought from England; to cousin John Selden, 20^", all his law books, 
the Whole Duty of Man, Sherlock on Providence, St. Augustine's 
Meditations; to Joseph, son of cousin John Selden, his Dictionary and 
Grammar; to Elizabeth, daughter of said cousin Selden, one silver rib- 
bon and a book entitled The Master's Blessing; to Robert Brough, son 
of William Brough, deceased, "Owen's Epigrames, Norvell's Cate- 
chism, Thomas Akempis in Latin and one in English, Sherlock on 
Judgm't and the five bishops and the doctors; " various legacies of 
clothing, turniture and books to his wife's daughters Mary and Grace 
Selden, and to her granddaughters Agnes and Ann Howard and Mary 
Douglas; cousin George Arnold in Great Britain and cousin George 
Selden, of Virginia, executors. 

Colonel Leonard Yeo had at least one brother in Virginia. On Sep- 
tember 6, 1654, Robert Yeo was granted 650 acres in Westmoreland 
county. On October u, 1656, Leonard Yeo, brother and administrator 
of Robert Yeo, made an assignment of this patent. 

There were others of the name in the Colony. About 1649 Hugh Yeo 
appears as a merchant in Accomac and Northampton counties. In the 
records of Northampton, i68t, is a notice of Justinian Yeo, of Harton, 
in the parish of Hartland, in the county of Devon, England, brother of 
Hugh Yeo, of Virginia. The name reminds of Salvation Yeo, of 
"Westward Ho." 

The Western Antiquary, a periodical published at Plymouth, Eng., 
gives some notices of the Devonshire Yeos. Leonard Yeo was M. P. 
for Totnes, 1555 and 1557-58, and Mayor of Totnes 1558 and 1570. The 
Yeo family was connected with Totnes for some years, and in the 
church were formerly tombs of George and William Yeo. Westcote, in 
his Devonshire families, mentions the Yeos of Hatherliegh (see the will 
of George Yeo above). Rev. William Yeo, who was educated at Exe- 


ter, Oxford and Cambridge, was in 1662, ejected from the parish of 
Wilborough under the act of uniformity. 

[2] In the Virginia General Court, June 1670, John Cooper, son of 
John Cooper deceased, sued Charles Moryson as husband of the execu- 
trix of Colonel Yeo. This may have been the name spelled, generally, 
Cowper, but pronounced Cooper. 

(519) William Prior [i], gent., 600 acres in the county of Charles 
River, being a long sandy point to the northward of Queen's Creek [2], 
about four miles from the creek, bounded on the east by the main river. 
Due for the transportation of twelve persons (names below). Granted 
by Harvey, August 9, 1637. 

Robert Fossett, Stephen Benn, Grace Amison, Abraham Keene, 
Walter Downes, Jon. Burch, Barnaby Barnes, Anthony Grimston, 
Thomas Wilkinson, William Peirce, Cornelius Swillivan, Thomas Attera. 

This patent was surrendered and renewed in the name of Joseph 
Croshaw, by Sir John Harvey, Kt. 


[1] William Prior, of Charles River (afterwards York) county, was 
J. P. for that county from 1633 to his death in 1646. For notice of him 
and an abstract of his will, see this Magazine, III, 184. 

[2] Queen's Creek, still retaining the name, rises near Williamsburg, 
and flows into York river. It is navigable for small vessels to within 
a mile of the city, and shortly before the Revolution there was a plan, 
which met with legislative encouragement, to cut a canal from Queen's 
to Archer's Hope creek, which flows into the James. 

(520) John Chew, gent., 700 acres in the county of Charles River 
[now York], bounded west by north, by the 500 acres formerly granted 
to him, August 1st, 1637, and north by east by the main river, east by 
south by the great bay [[]. Due for the transportation of fourteen per- 
sons (names below I. Granted by Harvey, August 9, 1637. 

William Winifret, George Goodwin, Thomas Tompkins, John Vaughan, 
Robert Parr, Christopher Evans, Ann Waterman, Arnall Freeze, Walter 
Hazleward, one negro woman, Jon. Chew, 1622, Jon. Chew, 1633 [the 
dates of two of his arrivals from England]. 

[1] This patent was doubtless at a place in the lower part of York 
county, which now stands on the maps as "Toos Point," a corruption 
of Chew's Point.